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Edition No. 57 / November 16, 2011

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Due to an “aggressive” advertising campaign, the Ministry of Tourism welcomed 250 representatives of the Canadian charter company Transat for three days. The visitors were impressed by the diversity of the Dominican north coast and Puerto Plata province. Transat transports 2.5 million passengers annually. Last year, the Ministry of Tourism has spent 1.8 million dollars to promote Puerto Plata in Canada and the United States. By the end of this year there will be 700,000 arrivals in Puerto Plata, next year are expected 200,000 more.

Parque Las Américas between Santo Domingo and Boca Chica after Sunrise. Picture: WR

Rustlers In the Dominican countryside there seem to be shambles like once in the Wild West. Gangs of cattle rustlers, apparently in good contacts with unscrupulous meat traders, are keeping in suspense ranchers all over the country. In former times, the animals were simply stolen, but now the rustlers often draw the dead bodies on the lawn and take only the good cuts of meat. Many breeders and dairy farmers have abandoned their land in recent months. The cattle rustlers are rarely arrested. In Hato Mayor, where there were stolen more than 200 cattle this year, farmers and landowners formed an association in order to stop these gangsters. They plan to oppose the thieves that are armed with pistols and rifles.

That's inside today: News

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77% of Graduates are Female

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New Juvenile Code

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Violence within the Family

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Haiti to sue UN

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Elections in Central America

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Fun and Sudoku

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Stars and Starlets

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What is this Guy singing?

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La Sabia: The Page of Health

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Margarita is Candidate now Danilo's long Hesitance / A new Survey sees Hipólito leading / Commitment to Papá is rated as positive by only 36 percent of the Dominicans, will be part of the government, it could be seen by many as a continuation of the old policy. There even exists an old poster that says “Con ella seguimos con él” (With her we go on with him). But Margarita herself is a big plus, because she enjoys a high reputation among the Dominican population.

After long hesitance, the presidential candidate of the ruling PLD, Danilo Medina, finally named Primera Dama Margarita Cedeño de Fernández, the wife of President Leonel Fernández, his candidate for the vice presidency on November 2. He did so after strong pressure from the party that wants to remain united. What currently seems a good solution, can, however, prove to be a miscalculation in the long run, because Danilo has competed as a sort of dissident who wants to introduce a new policy in the PLD. If now the wife of the President, who

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A new survey of North American poll-taker Zogby Analytics, shows PRD candidate Hipólito Mejía and his deputy Luis Abinader leading clearly in terms of sympathy with 56 percent to Danilo Medina and Margarita Cedeño with only 40 percent. The relevant parties PRD and PLD would be elected by 54 and 42 percent, respectively. The question after which government has been better, 47 percent answered the one of Hipólito Mejía, 42 percent named Leonel Fernández, and eleven percent are unsure. 67 percent thought the current government is very corrupt, 16 percent said it's just a little corrupt, and 17 percent were unsure.

Luis Abinader (photo), Hipólito Mejía's candidate for the vicepresidency, told to a group of young entrepreneurs that came to queue in the movement National Union Commitment to Papá (UNO), they had made the right choice, because the country coud not bear another four years under the PLD. There are clear options: on the one hand, corruption, unemployment, crime and insecurity, no education and disintegration of public services. On the other hand, the obligation to restore honesty in the public administration and the sensible use of public funds in education and healthcare. Abinader thanked the movement that is joined by young entrepreneurs who have not yet been politically active. Sources: Listín Diario, Hoy, Diario Libre, DR1

77 Percent of UASD Graduates are Female Basic Food more expensive / Sad Anniversary / Families of Lake Enriquillo get new Land There has been an increase in the prices of most items of mass consumption over the last two months. Antonio Cruz Rojas, president of the Traders and Business Federation, says that, and some traders have already announced an increase in the price of onions due to a growing shortage. Cruz Rojas said that rice prices have also gone up because of increased production costs, not because of any shortage in the market. He also reported that even brown sugar has gone up by 33 percent in the last two months. Cruz noted that the increase in dollar-peso exchange rate has affected the prices of articles of mass consumption. “Although these items are part of the national production, the products used in their production are paid for in dollars and this raises the production costs,” he said.

The UASD, the Autonomous University of Santo Domingo, with more than 185,000 students, “celebrated” its 473rd Anniversary like a funeral event. When hoisting the national flag and the University flag, the latter remained at half mast. The oldest university in the New World complains of lack of money, which hinders studying massively. The professors wore white and black as a sign of mourning. They protested silently against the budgeting of the government that didn't comply with the demand of UASD for 5 percent of the BIP. On the anniversary day, 1,769 new graduates celebrated their farewell. Of these, 77.1 percent are women. 483 gratuated in education, 337 in medicine and 178 in law.

A total of 33,000 tareas (2,075 hectares) will be given to 500 families who are victims of the floods of salt water lake Lago Enriquillo early next year. For the first stage, the government spends 100 million pesos. The land must be be prepared for the new settlers. “The soils are very fertile with enough underground water to grow all kinds of crops,” said Juan Vásquez of the Ministry of Agriculture. During the year 2012, an additional 47,000 tareas will be given. A total of 2,000 families live at risk near the lake or have already lost their livelihoods. There seem to be no way to stop the rising level of the lake since 2004. In those seven years the long-term average rainfall of 350 millimeters in some cases rose to more than 800. Lake Azuei on the other side of the Haitian border faces the same problems.

New Juvenile Code Tighter Laws for young Offenders / Jails are overcrowded / More Police for Christmas

The Chamber of Deputies (photo above) voted by 133 votes to the tightening of juvenile criminal law (Código del Menor), as many citizen were claiming more and more loudly. Only two voted against the project. Thus, the maximum penalty for 13 to 15year-olds is increased from one to ten years, and for 16 to 18-year-olds from one to 15 years. The juvenile detention centers must be specific to this category of offenders, and

there may not be jailed grown-up offenders in the same building. The offenses for which minors can be sentenced with this punishment are, murder, sustained physical injuries, rape and sexual assault, aggravated robbery and kidnapping. To determine the age of juvenile offenders without doubt, bone tests have to be made, in order to find out the exact age, since many of these young criminals are that smart already to present fake birth certificates to make them younger. So they calculate to prevent to be punished by adult criminal law. Abel Martínez, President of the Chamber of Deputies, justified the reform, since these criminals are aware of their crimes, committed just as an adult. The society saw itself threatened by young criminals and demanded these legislative changes. Many complain that sentenced criminals are still at liberty, or that many crimes are not punished. This may be partly because the country's prisons are completely overcrowded. Every day the courts send more people to jail than can be accommodated there. In the women's prison in Najayo there are not enough beds for the prisoners, so new inmates can be received only if another one is released. The so-called new model prisons with modern criminal law enforcement have no free space, so prisoners are sent to other institutions which are completely overcrowded, too. In Santo Domingo, President Leonel Fernandez announced that another 3,000 new police officers are sent on the streets of the barrios, which will provide order under the plan “Citizen Security”. “From now until December, 3,000 new uniforms will help in prevention on national level”, he said.

The number of policemen will be increased at airports and in the entire country under the code “Regreso Seguro” (Safe return) from November 15 on, in order to protect the returning visitors. During Christmas holidays, many Dominicans who are living abroad return to their families, usually with a lot of baggage and money. The plan is to increase security at critical points. Because there exist criminal organizations that spy out at the airports, who was returning with what kind of luggage or jewelry. Outside the airport, accomplices then follow the arriving travelers to rob them when they find an opportunity. At the same day of the announcement of this operation, six suspects were arrested. They have stolen bags, jewelry, cell phones and other items from arriving passengers at the Las Americas International Airport (AILA) in Santo Domingo. The arrested gangsters followed their victims in two also confiscated vehicles, in which the police found various stolen objects.

Violence within the Family Baseball Star arrested / 174 Women murdered by Partner this Year / Child Labor declined For fear of losing something that is not worth it, many women stay with their violent partners. The realization that they could lose more than a few financial benefits - in the best case only their dignity, but sometimes even their lives - comes too late for some. Recently there was the symptomatic case of baseball star Willy Aybar, who was arrested because neighbors reported him (photo above). When police arrived, he was gone. In the apartment there were found traces of blood and smashed furniture. After his arrest, which he vehemently opposed, his partner, nevertheless, assured that he has done nothing. They lead a “normal” relationship, she said. He had just smashed the table out of anger when he heard loud music and asked the woman to take away the baby, which she did not. So obviously smashing tables seem to be a “normal” reaction of him. Even when he used to play in the Big Leagues in the United States, today he's playing with the Tigres del Licey in Santo Domingo, Willy Aybar was conspicuous for his violence against female partners. In 2008 he was arrested when he beat his wife. In 2010, he returned to prison for three months after beating his wife so that she had to get intensive care. In June this year, again the same problem: arrest for alleged assault on his wife in a drunken state. Aybar was now sentenced to three months imprisonment for his recent act of supposed violence.

Abel Martínez, President of the Chamber of Deputies (photo), requires the development of a plan to reduce the high death rate of women, perpetrated by their partner or ex-partner. According to Martínez, there are needed much more accommodations for abused women and programs to educate the aggressive partners. In the current “Month against Violence against Women” it was about time to eradicate the belief that domestic violence is a private matter. Martínez says that murder is now the leading cause of death in women under the age of 35. According to official statistics, 24 percent of Dominican women, aged from 14 and 49 were victims of violence by their partners. “These are just the reported cases, because, sadly, violence against women is often kept secret, for the fear of the women or because of the passivity of witnesses who do not understand that doing nothing makes them accomplices,” says Martínez. There is an urgent need to educate the population, where there still dominates the old fashioned “machismo”. Therefore, there is also a high social tolerance for the abuse of women. “There often is also a discriminatory attitude of men that take the complaints. In many cases of murdered women, they have even sounded the alarm, but were ignored,” concluded Martínez. In 2010 there were 62,000 complaints of domestic violence. 210 women were murdered in the same year. Also this year,

there are published alarming news nearly at a daily rhythm. By the time this year there were already murdered 174 women. The numbers remain high, despite of governmental campaigns. Minister for Women, Alejandra Germán, said, the murders of women have become a central concern to society, even though the numbers did not increase, compared to previous years. Family therapists and lawyers are demanding from the government, that genderbased violence should be subject in the schools and colleges to create awareness among young people. A study presented by the Ministry of Labor reveals that 8.5 percent (equal to 212,754) children and adolescents between the ages of five and 17 are engaged in activities considered to be dangerous. The study “Child Labor Dynamics in the Dominican Republic,” also reflects the fact that child labor has fallen by 14 percent in the last ten years, which places the country as one of the nations which has done most to eradicate this evil. The study says that there has been a reduction of 59,000 in the category of children and adolescents who work in economic production since the year 2000. But the rate of children and adolescents in economic activities is still 1.6 points higher in the country than the average of Latin America and the Caribbean. Child labor lowers their chances of getting the qualifications needed to get a good job when they grow up.

Haiti to sue UN Deputy arrested / Proximity of Martelly to “Baby Doc” / Leader of FARC killed in Combat

The “Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti” (IJDH), headquartered in Boston, United States wants to sue the United Nations (UN), because the Nepalese MINUSTAH troops in Haiti have introduced the cholera that killed around 6,600 people already. The reason given, among other things: “Disease, death and permanent damage, which Haitians are suffering, are the result of many failures of the UN. These errors show negligence, gross negligence, recklessness and deliberate indifference to the lives of Haitians.” The Institute requested 100,000 dollars for each dead from cholera and 50,000 dollars for every ill, a total of half a million. These numbers probably will make many U.S. attorneys rubbing their hands. Cholera did not exist in Haiti before its outbreak last year. Meanwhile, Haiti is the country with the most cholera victims worldwide. In Haiti, the political situation is also far from stable. Deputy Arnel Bélizaire was arrested at the airport in Port-au-Prince, when he returned from Paris end of October. Bélizaire was accused of escaping from prison in 2004, where he was serving his time for possession of illegal weapons and car theft.

Bélizaire and his attorney asserted that the sentence was served and called his arrest a “kidnapping”. Bélizaire was sent directly from the prison to the House of Representatives, where there were strong protests of the other deputies against the arrest of an active parliamentarian. President Michel Martelly called the way to a constitutional state “long and difficult” The proximity of President Martelly to former dictator Jean-Claude “Baby Doc” Duvalier (photo above), who resides in a luxury complex in the hills near the capital since his return from exile in France, is disapproved by more and more Haitians. Duvalier's son and people who collaborated with the hated and dreaded Duvalier regime are Martellys consultants, also an ex-minister and ambassador. There are rumors that “Baby Doc” Duvalier is seriously ill and will not even be able to return to power. “Baby Doc” had to flee after a popular uprising in 1986, and many of today's politicians in Haiti participated in the uprising. Therefore, Martelly's approximation to Duvaler is extremely skeptical by them. Two experts in international relations considered that while foreign cooperation has come to Haiti has been of good will, there are still problems exacerbated by the earthquake of 2010 because it has never been a coordinated strategy guided by the ideas of Haitians. The reconstruction of Haiti must be a “coordinated cooperation”.

The war of the Colombian Revolutionary Armed Forces (Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia - FARC) against the central government in Bogotá lasts 47 years already. It is the longest armed conflict of the continent. Now the Colombian Government announced a major blow to the leftist guerrilla organization that is also accused to collaborate with the drugmafia. In the mountains, at 4,000 meters altitude, the 62-year-old leader of the FARC, Alfonso Cano, whose real name is Guillermo León Sáenz Vargas, (above photo from 2001) was killed in the seven-hour operation “Odiseo” with the support of a thousand men, 15 aircraft and the use of military high technology, such as “smart bombs”. Governor of Cauca, Alberto González Mosquera, called the killing of the FARC leader one of the biggest successes in the history of the Colombian army. Alfonso Cano took over the leadership of the guerrilla organization in 2008, when then-Chief Manuel Marulanda, alias “Tirofijo” (sureshot) died of heart failure. Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos, who wants to end the war with the FARC at any cost, offered FARC to get back to negotiations after the death of their leader: “I offer a generous hand to the members of the FARC, and ask them to reintegrate into society, like 20,000 demobilized men already did. The alternative is prison or the grave. Cano shows that there is no place in the country, where you can hide.”

Elections in Central America Otto Pérez Molina in Guatemala / Daniel Ortega in Nicaragua / Hillary: Castro must go Under the threat of high crime in Guatemala the two remaining right-wing candidates in the final ballots offered proposals on how they want to combat this pleague. Manuel Baldizón wanted the re-introduction of death penalty, including live broadcasting of the executions. 61-year-old retired general Otto Pérez Molina (photo), who won the election with 53.7 percent, wants to use troops against the drug mafia - a receipt that is not working in the neighboring country of Mexico. Pérez Molina is a specialist in the fight against popular uprisings. In Guatemala 200,000 people lost their lives during the long civil war. Baldizón therefore accused Otto Pérez Molina to have “bloodstained hands”. At the United Nations, now a legal action is filed against Otto Pérez Molina for his direct participation in torture and genocide during the years of military dictatorship between 1960 and 1996.

In Nicaragua, left-wing president Daniel Ortega swept away his opponent Fabio Gadea with 62.6 percent of the votes. Gadea got only 30.9 percent. Gadea doesn't want to acknowledge his defeat by the Sandinista government and accuses Ortega of massive electoral fraud and obstruction. Observers of the OAS and the European Union agreed with the accusations, which still have to be evaluated. Another point of criticism is that according to the constitution, Ortega could not be reelected after two presidential periods. The Supreme Court declared invalid this article in 2009, so that Ortega, the undisputed leader of the Sandinista Liberation Front, FSLN, that ousted the gory, U.S. backed dictator Anastasio Somoza in 1979, could run again for election. Nicaragua is the second poorest country in the Americas and is supported by Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez with 500 million dollars a year.

“Our position has been the same for more than 50 years: Castro must go,” said U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in a meeting with congressmen of the Committee of Foreign Affairs, where the Obama Administation was accused of “double standards” in its policy with Cuba, because Castro is not pressed to give up power like Gaddafi. In October, the General Assembly of the United Nations condemned the US embargo, imposed by U.S. President John F. Kennedy against communist Cuba in February 1962 for the 20th time in a row, with 186 votes against the embargo. Only two votes were in favor - the United States and Israel. According to official figures, the embargo caused a damage of 104 billion dollars to Cuba in these years. The U.S. accuse Cuba to use the embargo as an excuse to distract from the mismanagement of its economy and the plight of the people.

Bad Luck


Good Luck

An old lady is rocking away the last of her days on her front porch, reflecting on her long life, when, all of a sudden, a fairy godmother appears in front of her and informs her that she will be granted three wishes. “Well, now,” says the old lady, “I guess I would like to be really, really rich.” Poof - her rocking chair turns to solid gold. She smiles and says, “Gee, I guess I wouldn't mind being a young, beautiful princess.” Poof - she turns into a beautiful young woman. “Your third wish?” asked the fairy godmother. Just then the old woman's cat wanders across the porch in front of them. “Ooh … can you change him into a handsome prince?” she asks. - Poof - there before her stands a young man, more handsome than anyone could possibly imagine. She stares at him, smitten. With a smile that makes her knees weak. He saunters across the porch and whispers in her ear: “Bet you're sorry you had me neutered!”

Each row, column and square has to contain the numbers from 1 to 9. X-Sudoku must show these numbers also on the two diagonal lines. Solutions on page 14.

Mr. Jones gets a call from the hospital. They tell him his wife's been in a terrible car accident. He rushes to the hospital, runs into the ER and says his wife's been in an accident. They tell him Dr. Smith is handling the case. They page the doctor. He comes out to the waiting room to see a terribly upset Mr. Jones.“Mr. Jones?” the doctor asks. ”Yes sir, what's happened? How is my wife?” The doctor sits next to him and says, “Not good news. Your wife's accident resulted in two fractures of her spine.” “Oh my God” says Mr. Jones, “what will be her prognosis?” Dr. Smith says “Well, Mr. Jones, her vital signs are stable. However, her spine is inoperable. She'll have no motor skills or capability. This means you will have to feed her.” Mr. Jones begins to sob. “And you'll have to turn her in her bed every two hours to prevent pneumonia.” Mr. Jones begins to wail and cry loudly. “Then, of course,” the doctor continued, “you'll have to diaper her as she'll have no control over her bladder and of course these diapers must be changed at least five times a day.” Mr. Jones begins to shake as he cries, sobs, wails. The doctor continues: “And you'll have to clean up her feces on a regular basis as she'll have no control over her sphincters. Her bowel will engorge whenever and quite often I'm afraid. Of course you must clean her immediately to avoid accumulation of the putrid effluent she'll be emitting regularly.” Now Mr. Jones is convulsing sobbing uncontrollably and beginning to wither off the bench into a sobbing pitiful mass. Just then Dr. Smith reaches out his hand and pats Mr. Jones on the shoulder. “Hey, I'm only joking - she's dead.”

Sudoku No. 111

A 93-year-old woman who was particularly despondent over the recent death of her husband, decided that she would just kill herself and join him in death. Thinking that it would be best to get it over with quickly, she took out his old Army pistol and made the decision to shoot herself in the heart since it was badly broken anyway. Not wanting to miss the vital organ and become a vegetable and a burden to someone, she called her doctor's office to inquire exactly where the heart would be on a woman. The doctor said, “Your heart would be just below your left breast.” Later that night Mildred was admitted to the hospital with a gunshot wound to her knee.


Sudoku No. 112

Eva van Putten


Miss Iberoamerica 2011

No Violence against Women

Sharin Symbol of Hope

In Santa Cruz, Bolivia, Eva van Putten, the 19-year-old, 1.84 meters tall beauty from Curaçao was one of the favourites from the beginning at the election of Miss Iberoamerica 2011. She could show already important titles like Miss Photogenic, Miss Elegance and Best Silhouette. She won the title against more than 20 competitors from Spanish-speaking countries. It was the fourth edition of this competition, which replaced the Miss America contest. In this contest, where only candidates of Spanish-speaking countries can participate, Curaçao doesn't fit exactly, for there is spoken also Papiamento, Dutch, and another languages.. Also the United States participated with a representative of Hispanic immigrants, as well as Spain. Eva van Putten said to be proud that this has been one of the first titles in beauty contests for Curaçao for years. Second of Miss Iberoamerica 2011 was María Jesús Mathei from Chile, and third was Yessica Mouton from Bolivia.

“With my songs, I want to touch the hearts of those who hear me,” says U.S. born pop singer Sharin. Her mother is from Santo Domingo, her father from Dajabón. With the titles “Quiero”, “Sin t”, “Fácil” and “Over You” she wants to enrich the Dominican music market. The student at the University of Berkeley in California became ill with cancer at 20, but, however, she defeated it and wants to be a symbol of hope and faith that there is life after cancer with her melodious voice.

Marcos Witt 25 Years of godly Music

On 29 October, the icon of the Música Cristiana, the Texan Marcos Witt, celebrated his 25th Anniversary of praising the Lord at Olympic Stadium in Santo Domingo with 18,000 fans. The “psalmist” is the founder of the record company CanZion and sold more than seven million of his albums.

Marcel raises her voice against the current wave of murders of women, killed by their partner or ex-partner. Before her concert at the Maunaloa Night Club in Santo Domingo on November 5, “Piel Morena,” as Marcel is also named after one of her songs, said “We will tell the men singing, not to beat their women, and the women that they can overcome and not to subject to the violence of her partner, that they should look for alternatives to avoid becoming victims of the men.” And again: “It's sad to see that in our time so many girls see their only future in finding a man who cares for them, to be exposed to all sorts of abuses of their executioners later”. Marcel was concerned about the ignorance and lack of opportunities of Dominican women. With her latest production, “Tiempo de ellas”, the first in two years, Marcel wants to honor Dominican women who have raised their voice in some way, in the fight for the country or in Merengue, the rhythm of all nine titles of her album.

What is this Guy singing? “Tengo tu Love” by Sie7e New music does not need only primitive, misogynistic texts. Sie7e, a singer from Puerto Rico, proves in his interesting, easy flowing “Feel Good Music” that the texts can been successfully tackled with humor, irony, love and social message. No tengo un celular con diamantes de muchos kilates pa’ impresionar. Pero tengo una buena conversación, con la que te enamoro más y más! No tengo un jet privado que compré con una Black Card. Pero tengo una guagua vieja con la que siempre vamos a pasear. No tengo ropa de Versace, ni musculatura dura para enseñar. Pero tengo un par de brazos desnudos que muy fuerte te van abrazar. No soy como Mariah Carey con un jacuzzi lleno de agua Evian. Pero tengo una chozita en la playa pa' que te bañes con aguita de mar. Ricky tiene cara linda, Enrique Iglesias los millones Aventura las mansiones, Pero ... Yo tengo tu amor, I got your love. Yo tengo tu amor. Yo tengo tu love. El tiempo vale más que un Rolex, el amor más que un table dance. El amigo más que un peso en el bolsillo como el que tú acabas de gastar. Hablar vale más que un iPhone y más cuando alguien te quiere escuchar. Saber vale más que el diploma como el que tú acabas de enmarcar. El compromiso vale más que el anillo, no hay palabra si no hay corazón. El silencio vale más que un grito cuando el grito no es por amor. Tu mirada vale más que el oro. Enseñarte vale más que un tabú. Y aunque pueda tenerlo todo, todo, nunca hay nada si me faltas tú. Chayanne baila bien bonito, Fonsi canta afinaito Juanes los Grammys Latinos Pero … Yo tengo tu amor, I got your love, I got tu amor! Yo tengo tu love! No estoy entre los más bellos de “People” en Español. Pero tu mirada me dice que soy el Brad Pitt de tu corazón, jaa! Lady Gaga gana en Twitter Y también en el facebook, Justin Bieber en YouTube. Pero … Yo tengo tu amor …

I don't have a cellular phone with diamonds of many carats to impress. But I got a good conversation to make you fall in love more and more! I don't have a private jet that I bought with a Black Card. But I got an old bus to take you always to a trip. I don't have cloths of Versace nor hard muscles to show. But I have a pair of naked arms that will hug you very hard. I'm not like Mariah Carey, with a jacuzzi full with Evian water. But I have a hut at the beach, so that you can bathe in the water of the sea. Ricky has a nice face, Enrique Iglesias the millions, Aventura the mansions, But … I got your love, I got your love. I got your love. I got your love. The time is worth more than a Rolex, love more than a table dance. The friend more than a peso in the pocket like the one you spent right now. To talk is worth more than an iPhone and even more if somebody likes to listen. To know is worth more than a diploma like the one you just framed. The promise is worth more than the ring, there is no word when there is no heart. The silence is worth more than a cry if the cry is not for love. Your look is worth more than gold. To teach you is worth more than a taboo. Even if I could have everything, everything, there never is anything if I miss you. Chayanne is dancing very nice, Fonsi is singing harmonicly, Juanes the Latin Grammys But … I got your love, I got your love. I got your love. I got your love. I'm not among the most handsome of “People” in Spanish. But your look tells me that I'm the Brad Pitt of your heart, ha! Lady Gaga wins in twitter and also in facebook, Justin Bieber in YouTube. But … I got your love …

Sie7e (pronounced Siete - for Seven) is a composer, singer and guitarist from Puerto Rico. His music is often focused on his guitar, but mostly it's a happy blend of Brazilian Batucada, Samba, Reggae, Salsa, Rock and Blues. Sie7e had his first success with “Aló” (Hello) in 2008, and in the following year, “Cógelo ahora” (Take it now) was a hit in Puerto Rico. His new Spanish version of “Don't Worry, Be Happy” brought back the old hit to the billboards after 20 years. His latest song “Tengo tu Love”, a beautiful Reggae, became a number-one hit on all the radiostations in Puerto Rico and also can be heared quite frequently here and in other Latin American countries. It is the declared intention of Sie7e, to infect the world with his positive thinking and to spread joy, peace, and love with the music. After Victor Manuelle and Tito el Bambino, Sie7e became a spokesman for the Alliance Puerto Rico without Drugs with his song “Elévate” (Stand Up). The organization La Marcha Verde (The Green March) chose Sie7e to be its representative because of his environmental commitment.


The Page of Health

Conjoined Twins separated World Pediatric Project sponsored Operation / 20-Hours-Surgery with 45 Specialists Primera Dama Margarita Cedeño de Fernández came to await the outcome of the operation of the Dominican conjoined twins. The Virginia Commonwealth University pediatric surgeons called the separation surgery of 19-month-old Dominican conjoined twins María and Teresa Tapia successful. The operation began at 6am and lasted 20 hours. Dr. David Lanning led a team of about 45 physicians and pediatric sub-specialists who volunteered their time. The twins were joined at the lower chest and abdomen and shared a liver, part of their biliary system, pancreas glands and the

first part of the small intestine making this a very complex procedure. It was the first surgery of its kind at the Children's Hospital of Richmond at VCU. Lanning explained that the smaller twin, María, was never able to receive the nutritional benefits she needed and was nearly 20 percent smaller in size than Teresa because of the nature of the twins' connection with their small intestines. Another major challenge posed by the shared liver was the lack of blood return to the smaller twin. During the procedures, the surgeons divided the liver, pancreas and other shared organ systems and rebuilt the girls' abdominal walls. The children first came to the Children's Hospital in December 2010 through the World Pediatric Project. They returned in August 2011 to prepare for the surgery with their mother, 24-year old Lisandra Sanatis.

Following the separation, Teresa was taken to another operating room and teams completed the final steps of the surgical process on each child. The girls were then transported to individual rooms in the pediatric intensive care unit for recovery. “One of the things that is encouraging for us is that there's such a high potential for them to be functioning, freely mobile, very active individual girls,” said Lanning. “Once we feel like they're medically stable, and think that it's safe, we'll try to get them in the same room and near each other for their sake and for mom's sake.” The World Pediatric Project, a nonprofit surgical-care provider for children in Central America and the Caribbean, sponsored the twins' medical care, along with the family's stay in the United States. The father of the twins is a construction worker and they have three other siblings.


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Notebook/Laptop Toshiba Satellite, Intel Core (TM) i3 CPU, 2,4 GHz, 4 GB RAM, Windows 7 – 64 BIT, 500 GB HDD, 25,000 RD$ Tel: 809-2618786 (8 am - 5 pm) or Email:

2 Storey Villa W/ 2 Apartments, 4 BR, 4 BA, furnished, Garage, on super sale: now only US$149,900. or 809-4628140 2 Storey 2 BR Apartment Sosúa Center, furnished, 90 sq.m., town house style, before US$105,000 ~ REDUCED TO US$85,000! or 809-4628140 2 BR/2 BA Villa Gated, Sosúa, 128 sq.m, Lot 680 sq.m., nicely furnished, REDUCED TO US$149,000! or 809-4628140 Commercial/Building Lots on Highway, 9 highway front lots, Owner Finance up to 3 years, Lots starting at 1200m2/sq.ft.12,917, just 80USD/m2., or 809-4628140 Lot for sale (900 sq.m.), 9 min. from center Puerto Plata. Beautiful, raised and quiet location. Favorable price. Tel. 809-261-1156 / 809-978-560


BOCA CHICA Popular Plaza Terraza with newly renovated Discotheque right in the center of Boca Chica's nightlife. For further information mail to

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Digital Camera Nikon CoolPix L23, blue, 10.1 Mega Pixel, 4.000 RD$, Tel: 809-261-8786 (8 am - 5 pm) or Email:

Spacious 1 BR, 1 BA Apartment Sosúa, 83 sq.m., furnished, 2nd floor, US$600/month. Call 809-462-8140, Sosúa, Apartment, 80 sq.m, 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, fully furnished, kitchen, terrace, aircon, swimmingpool, tennis court, 5 min. to the beach, best custody, all incl. US$450. Please call 809-571-1822 Sosúa, center, Studio 10.000 Pesos, room 8,000 RD$/month. Incl. power, cable TV 400 RD$, mail to or call 809-571-2546

Digital Camera Canon Power Shot A 1200 HD, black, 12.1 Mega Pixel, 4.000 RD$, Tel: 809-261-8786 (8 am - 5 pm) oder Email:

Pool Billiard Table with queue and bowls 25,000 RD$, Please call.: 809571-3360

Looking for Electro-Darts in good condition. Call 829-299-0175

Apartment in Maranatha, 2 bedrooms, 3,500 RD$ a month, please call 809-497-6913 2 BR Bungalow, furnished in Sabaneta de Yasika at the river, small port, but not at the sea. Ca.100 sq.m. Common pool, small, gated facility. Long term rental US$ 400, or for sale US$ 77.000, private financing possible. Call 809-8698-210

BRIDGE! (As in contract bridge, the card game!) Experienced players and those interested in learning bridge in the Sosúa/Cabarete area - all welcome! Please email me at

Sat-System, complete, US$ 500, Call 809-869-8210

Mercedes Cabrio 500 SL, AMG, '97, 32 V, totally restored, like new, collector's item. 850,000 RD$ For information please call 809-481-6457

Black Army Leather Combat Boots, 7, new and never worn, 1,800 RD$, Tel: 809-261-8786 (8-17 Uhr) or Email: Nice and big baby crib almost new with an organic mattress from the USA 300.00 US$, almost new bass 200.00 US$, Pearl drum set with a complete set of plates 1200.00. Call 829-213-2469

Beautiful antique Bronce Sculpture “3 Children on a Sledge” 2 m long, 1 m high beautifully elaborated. To be seen in Boca Chica or mail to

Flea market in Sosúa, on Saturday November 19, from 9 a.m. in the “Palm Garden” at the German bakery Moser. We look forward to your visit!

Socket for Flatscreen TV, US$ 15, Call 809-869-8210


Yamaha V Max, '87, 145 HP, collector's item, must be repared, 150.000 RD$ o.n.o. For information mail to

LOTY CAR RENTAL Carrtetera Sosúa – Cabarete Renta y Compraventa de vehículos Car Dealer & Car Rental


SUZUKI SIDEKICK 1995, 4x4, 4 doors, Aircon, leather seats, looks like new! In very good conditions. Opportunity!

Birds for sale by breeder: Budgies, cockatiels, lovebirds, finchen and more. Contact Andrea: 809-4628140 or

Call 829-989-4059 or 809-226-1414

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Here you can find the edition No. 58 of LA PLAYA starting on Wednesday, 30 November 2011 (Deadline for adverts is Tuesday, 22 November 2011)

IN PUERTO PLATA Supermerc. Tropical Supermerc. José Luis Casa Nelson Heladería Mariposa Sam's Bar and Grill Compraventa Rey Barco's Entre Amigos Ceducompp OmegaTech Tienda Jiménez Mega Moda La Red Cyber Café Restaurante Armando Dr. Díaz Meyreles IN MAIMÓN Taxis of the RIU-Hotels Fishrest. La Parada IN COSTAMBAR R & B Bakery Jenny's Market Las Rocas IN COFRESÍ Los Tres Cocos Tiroler Stüberl Le Papillon

Ocean World Hacienda Lifestyle Los Charros IN PLAYA DORADA Mar y Sol Mini Market Hemingway's Pizza Hut and others IN SOSÚA Supermercado Sosúa Parada Típica El Choco Bakery Moser Butcher's La Mulata Butcher's Bavaria Hotel Don Andres Aparthotel Las Cañas Hotel Plaza Europa Hotel El Rancho Hotel Orchidee Pommes & Fritz Verena's Café Waterfront Restaurant Schlemmer Stube Sägbock Restaurant Al Porto

Valentino's Oh La Vache Daniela Sommer Thai-Restaurant Chili Casa Goethe Compucentro DSD Pharmacy Super Super CMC Klinik Ceducompp Sol del Choco Plan B Casino Playa Chiquita El Cultivo Pappaterra Call a Pizza Bermuda Dreieck IN CABARETE Janet's Supermarket Bayerischer Hof ABC Inmobiliaria Yamazato El Rincón Goloso Gordito's Fresh Mex Hotel Viva Wyndham Hotel Villa Taína Restaurant Serenade Miró Restaurant & Bar Nikki Beach José O'Shay's fun tours Iguana Mama Tropicoco Salón My Dream Restaurant a bailar!

IN CABRERA Blue Pools IN LAS TERRENAS Pino de Austria Almercado Hotel Piedra Marrón Hotel Kahuna Plaza Kanesh Big Dan's Ice Palace Pizzeria Don Yvon Boulangerie Française Bar Las Flechas Pamela's Magic Hair Mercado La Banana Navia's IN EL LIMÓN Restaurant Santi IN SAMANÁ Chinese Restaurant IN SANTIAGO Seguros DHI Atlas opposite Caribe Tours IN LA VEGA PC Clinic German Language Institute

Hotel Palacio Hotel Condo-Parque Rancho Suizo Vienna Caribe Embutidora Tropicana D'Alemania Gourmet Erdinger Beergarden La Cafetera, El Conde Seguros DHI Atlas IN BOCA CHICA Hotel El Tronco Ulis' Kneipe Gusto Tropical Pequeña Suiza Madhouse Route 69 Isla Bonita IN GUAYACANES Deli Swiss Cococane Playa del Pescador IN JUAN DOLIO Bar Cacique Fredy's Snack La Brasa Grill

IN BONAO Parada Alemana

IN LA ROMANA Hotel Frano Hotel River View El Trigo de Oro

IN SANTO DOMINGO German Embassy Librería in Caribe Tours Hotel Señorial

IN REFORMA Parada Turística Don Francisco at the highway Nagua – Santo Domingo